Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Primary School

A Community of Faith and Learning

Headteacher's Welcome

Dear visitor to our school website,

We would like to welcome you to Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Primary School. We are a one and half form entry school that has a very happy, friendly, inviting atmosphere that has the highest expectations in terms of behaviour and achievement; our children have a sound moral grounding based on the Gospel values and have a growing awareness of British values and their place within society. Our children are very well behaved and thrive in our orderly, safe environment.

The school was inspected by Ofsted in February 2018 where we were judged once again to be a 'Good' school with considerable strengths in all areas.  Please see the latest Ofsted report via our website link.

The school and parents work well together in partnership to enable all children to achieve to their full potential and our staff and governors are highly committed to ensuring all children receive a broad and balanced education through our topic based creative curriculum and robust programmes of study for all areas of the curriculum (see Curriculum section of this website).

We have an effective provision map for children who may need additional support in their learning; our data shows clear evidence of how well children achieve as they progress towards the next stage of their education, especially those coming from a range of diverse backgrounds.   We are set within a very diverse multicultural community situated within a large housing estate and a high proportion of our families are multilingual. Overall, our children achieve well, make good progress, feel safe and enjoy all aspects of school life.  

We have been visited and contacted by ex-pupils of the school who have shared their later successes in education and employment.  Over the years at secondary transition, a number of our children are awarded scholarships for prestigious schools and have also gone on to study at top univerisities including Oxbridge.  A great number of former pupils have returned or contacted us to inform us of their successful employments - even as far as becoming presidential advisors in the US White House!

The school was founded on this site in 1872 for the education of Catholic children in accordance with the principles of the Catholic Church, a mission which remains the same to this day. Over the years there have been additions to the school building; including: our more rencently rebuilt KS1 classrooms which can accommodate a two teacher system if pupil numbers permit supporting lower pupil to teacher ratios.  

We have an ongoing programme of building improvement works to ensure our beautiful building is maintained and improved to the highest standard - visitors to our school always remark on the clean, orderly and well maintained premises. A recent improvement has been the installation of a new lighting system across Years 3 and 4 and most recently the newly installed ceiling and lighting systems in the Nursery and Reception classes - these installations have given the classrooms an up to date and modern look; whilst retaining the traditional features.

We remain one of the very few schools in London to still have a roof playground - of which is now 'grassed' and gives the pupils much pleasure to play on.  Due to the installation of the overhead safety net the roof space is now fully used as a PE teaching space.  We have been awarded the Silver Award for Healthy Schools (Spring 2017) and are very near to being eligible for the coveted Gold Award!

Another enhancement to learning is the regular use of laptops across KS2 using schoolwide wifi and also the use of LearnPads in KS1 and the EYFS.  We have a well stocked and welcoming school library  - which does now offer an additional 15 desktop computers for research, clubs and group activities.  The school library is a lovely space for our pupils to enjoy and has direct access to the grassed roof playground for enjoyment.

We share part of our school site with the parish church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Paddington with whom we have historical links.  Once again this year, the school is supporting our parish priest Father Michael Jarmulowicz to deliver its First Holy Communion programme. Our current roll includes approximately 50% of Roman Catholic children, and thereafter a combination of Christian and other faiths.

We feel that our pastoral support of families is particularly strong.  Many families reach out to us to support them with social and emotional difficulties.  The staff in our school work tirelessly to support those who feel marginalised by inequality of access, deprivation and critical housing issues.   The school seeks to support the familes through signposting to external services in the community.  Due to severe needs and at considerable cost to the school, we provide counselling services through the Catholic Children's Society and we have now commissioned the services of an Early Help Family Practitioner who has been appointed to directly support families with a particular focus on barriers to attendance, well being and supporting the early identification and access to Early Help with safeguarding issues.

As a community of faith and learning we continually strive towards providing our children and families with strong guidance and support in every day areas of life so that they may flourish in every way possible.  The mission of our school is clear; we live out our everyday life through our words and our deeds in order to nurture, support and educate based on the teachings and works of Christ.  

If you are considering joining our family and wish to apply for a place for your child, please feel free to visit or call; we are happy to offer tours and would encourage you to explore our website for information on all areas of school life at Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Primary School.

God Bless

With very kindest wishes,

Sarah Alley, Headteacher